Part of a pale blue tea set manufactured by W R Midwinter Ltd, which won the Council of Industrial Design 'Design of the Year' award in 1957. Its designers, A.H.Woodfull and John Vale, were members of the British Industrial Plastics Product Design Unit, Oldbury Birmingham. Melmex, the material from which the set is made, was British Industrial Plastics Chemicals Limited's tradename for melamine. The set comprises one large plate, 6 side plates, 6 saucers, a milk jug, and a sugar bowl. The plates are a square in shape with rounded corners. This kind of tableware was popular during the 50s and 60s for its bright colours and 'unbreakable' quality. It later lost favour due to the fact it stained easily and so is now mainly used for picnics. For the rest of the set see AIBDC : 005394. The dimensions below refer to the jug, the sugar bowl has a height of 70mm and a diameter of 100mm, the saucer is 145mm in diameter, the side pate is 160mm and the large plate is 245mm. This object was featured in the Ten Most Wanted research project: http://www.10most.org.uk/artefact/midwinter-tea-set where additional information about it can be found.
Designers & Manufacturers
"Break resistant Tableware. Midwinter Modern. Made in England."
AIBDC : 0_6619